What is the best magic card ever printed that is not power nine?

Oooh I like the other answer that goes by colors. Ok, so here’s my picks for each color

Green

One of the single most broken creatures ever printed. It just is, abused with so many cards that can bring her back, and every time she can re-use any card you already used? awesome

Red

One red mana, put any creature from your hand into the battlefield. Red is actually probably the weakest color overall in Magic, but this effect is crazy powerful and I do think it is one of the more powerful cards in Magic

White

With one card, its a wrath of god effect + armaggeddon effect + discard effect. I mean, wow all with 2 mana

Blue

Blue has some of the most broken cards in the game, so it’s gonna be hard to pick just one. I’ll go with Mana Drain though.

Designers must have been high when they made this card. Now its even better due to no mana burn

Black

Also too many crazy powerful black cards. I’ll go with this one though

Re-use my black lotus and ancestral recalls? Why yes I will…

Land

Arguably the most broken land in the game. It’s either this or Bazaar of Baghdad or Library of Alexandria but I’ll go with the Academy

Artifact

Also, too many broken ones to name. I’ll go with this one though. I mean, cmon it may as well be part of the Power Nine, its arguably better than a Mox

If we substituted Magic Johnson for Lebron in LBJ’s NBA Finals series, would he get more than 3 rings?

Yes – I believe he would but only in one Finals, 2011. In 2011 Lebron famously melted down and I don’t think that would have happened to Magic.

For the other 5 lost Finals – no I don’t think so. 2007, 2015, and 2018 Lebron’s second best scorers were Zydrunas, Delladova, and a very inconsistent Kevin Love. I don’t think Magic would have done much better than Lebron did, especially considering that Magic is not as good a scorer as Lebron was.

In 2014 and 2017 the Cavs were simply up against two of the greatest NBA teams of all time, and its doubtful that Magic would have beaten them. Keep in mind Magic played most of his career with the NBA’s all time leading scorer.

Another thing I might note is that Magic might have lost the 2016 Finals. I don’t think he would have been able to come back up from 3–1 down to win the series the way Lebron did. So maybe he would have ended up with 3 rings either way – just swap 2011 with 2016.

Which NBA player (or future NBA player) can you see getting the next quadruple double?

Here’s an interesting thing: If you make a search on Basketball Reference with the criteria > 10 PPG, > 6 RPG, > 6 APG, > 2 SPG you will see the most well rounded guards/forwards: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, Jason Kidd, Scottie Pippen, Walt Frazier, Rick Barry, Fat Lever etc these are the players most likely to get a quadruple double with steals.

Getting 10 steals is remarkably difficult though; I think its interesting that Jordan, Magic, Kidd, Lebron etc never got a quadruple double before.

Using the criteria for blocks, you have to set it to > 10 PPG, > 6 RPG, > 4 APG, > 2 BPG and you can see some of the most well rounded big men: David Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Garnett, Bob Lanier all appear on the list pretty frequently. Wilt Chamberlain would have also been on there. Curiously, none of them except Robinson have produced a quadruple double, and Hakeem doesn’t appear on the list. Kareem had several seasons of statlines like 27/14/5/4 so I’m surprised he never had a quadruple double too.

Modern day, players are averaging triple doubles left and right so I will start with the most likely candidates: Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, Lebron James, Russell Westbrook, Ben Simmons would be my picks. Davis is currently the player most similar to Hakeem and Robinson too.